Geo-biosphere interactions are one of the most fascinating processes active within the system ‘Earth’.  Especially the carbonate sedimentary record witnesses the complex interplay between the Geosphere and the Biosphere. Studying frontier carbonate systems is therefore the main research focus of the carbonate sedimentology lab at the University of Fribourg (Department of Geosciences).

The main research activities are focused around four major topics:

  1. The study of carbonate mound and reef systems through space and time – with a major focus on the study of cold-water coral mounds and reefs
  2. The study of microbial-mediated mineralization and dissolution in carbonate systems
  3. The study of early diagenesis in carbonate systems through field and experimental approaches
  4. The impact of diagenesis on the dynamic petrophysical behavior in carbonate systems


Recent News

CUSO Doctoral School – Tropical Marine Ecology and Sedimentology

Doctoral students from the Universities of Fribourg, Geneva, Lausanne and Bern were sailing from the 1st of September till the 9th of September 2018 in the Indian Ocean to study the marine ecology and sedimentology of the Modern Maldivian coral reef ecosystems. The course was organized by Dr. Silvia Spezzaferri, Dr. Andres Rüggeberg and Prof.…

3D microfossils at Forams2018

We are very excited that our new project ‘3D microfossils’ is finally taking off! Over the course of the last few months, we have been acquiring computed tomographic images of numerous oceanic microfossils with our in-house skyscanner micro-CT scanner. Subsequently we have learned about the intricate ways of how to scan on submicron-scale (not a…

Open PhD-position in Carbonate Sedimentology

Open position for a PhD in Carbonate Sedimentology at Fribourg: The open PhD-position frames within the SNF-funded (Swiss National Science Foundation) project ‘Uncoventional Carbonate Factories in the Eastern Mediterranean: cold-water coral ecosystems and seeps’. The open PhD-position will focus on the impact of dynamic fluxes of methane on (1) authigenic carbonate precipitation and (2) the…